Youth and Climate Crisis

Leonida Odongo
Posted November 28, 2019 from Kenya
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Climate  crisis is  has now become a phenomena that is affecting millions of people worldwide. For farmers the climate crisis means erratic rainfall, changing weather patterns, prolonged drought and in extreme cases death. It also means loss of biodiversity and emergence of diseases. For pastoralist communities it meals less pasture for animals, forced migration in search of pasture and water for animals and  increased conflicts due to competition over pasture and water.

For young people engaged in agriculture, the climate crisis means lack of adequate rainfall , disrupted food production and household food insecurity. It also means conflict among pastoralists and herders as conflicts over pasture arise. It also means young people have to migrate from their home areas to other localities to look for alternative ways of survival leaving behind  families .It also means more push of young people  from rural areas to urban areas to search for  job opportunities and other forms of economic engagement to eke out a living.

Africa's contribution to global emissions is among the lowest in the world , but contradictorily , the burden imposed on Africa to address the climate crisis is very high. Furthermore, Africa has become home  to false solutions to the climate crisis  examples including carbon trading .These create a platform where polluters pay communities but sadly they are allowed to export pollution to poor countries because in many developing nations , regulatory systems are weak and  people in power do not care much about citizenry .

When disasters strike for example the cyclone Idai[1] affecting Mozambique,Zimbabwe and Malawi,  prolonged drought  in Southern Africa region, flooding in east Africa region in countries such as Kenya .These disasters are largely causes by changes in climate  and result into massive losses , displacement , destruction of property and death. It is quite unfortunate that  countries that suffer from the negative impacts of climate crisis are the same countries unable to cushion themselves from these negative impacts either economically or socially. It also implies that  communities are forced to migrate to other regions .Additionally even access to local relief becomes problematic as relief aid cannot reach the people in dire need due to weather conditions.

The month of September 2019  is a very significant month when it comes to issues of climate change .It is the same month that Greta Thunberg organised a climate strike in which school children participated and included strikes in different parts of the world running from August to September namely future Fridays.

In Kenya , university students  members of Your Voice Matters Project (http://www.fahamu.org/your-voice-matters/)activists and social justice actors took part in  the Global Climate Strike to make demands to the government  to demand action.Since climate issues are global issues  and we live in a shared environment, it is the responsibility of everyone to take part in tackling the climate crisis.

 

 

[1] https://reliefweb.int/disaster/tc-2019-000021-moz

 

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Anita Shrestha
Nov 28, 2019
Nov 28, 2019

Good work, keep it continue

Leonida Odongo
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Thank you Anita

Jill Langhus
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Hi Leonida,

How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your informative post on climate change. I follow Great Thunberg but what are "Future Fridays?" When was the Global Climate Strike that you are referring to? I hope it made a difference in your area? And, yes, it's absolutely everyone's responsibility to help stop and reverse climate change.

I hope you're doing well and that you have a good weekend, dear.

Leonida Odongo
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Hi Jill,
It is a movement of young people pushing for more responsibility towards climate change by world leaders .

What I have posted above happened in Kenya on 20th Of September 2019.

Jill Langhus
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Oh, great! I love hearing about these:-)

I see. Thanks for clarifying, dear!

Hope you're doing well:-)

XX

Leonida Odongo
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Yes I'm fine thanks for the concern, just came back from Zambia from a conference on farmer managed seed systems strategy meeting for eastern and southern Africa region

Leonida Odongo
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Dear Jill,

Many young people mobilised to participate including university students that I work with , I also attended events in New York and was a speaker at a platform on the Future of Food which was pushing to be recognised as a solution to the climate crisis.

Jill Langhus
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Hello:-)

You're welcome. Oh, wow! Thanks for letting me know.

Hope you're having a great weekend, dear!

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 29, 2019
Nov 29, 2019

Dear Leonida,
"Africa's contribution to global emissions is among the lowest in the world , but contradictorily, the burden imposed on Africa to address the climate crisis is very high". Thank you for this important message. It is so true. The world economy is built on too many people stealing resources, leaving messes and remaining unaccountable, supported by governments who take some of the profits and allow it to continue. Time is fast running out. We need to call out for change in this as we work toward all forms on injustice.

Lisbeth
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

Dear Leonidas,
The climate crises is so alarming these days. Especially with the recent busy burning oh mine.
It's also human cause. Australia here most bush fire were cause by smoker's. Can you imagine, now animals are left homeless. So sad!
Thanks for sharing to educate us
Have a great weekend.
Regards

Leonida Odongo
Nov 30, 2019
Nov 30, 2019

It is a very sad scenario.I see the bush fires online and just imagine the level of damage done.

Lisbeth
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Hmmm so bad :-(

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Dec 01, 2019
Dec 01, 2019

Hello, Leonida,

Thank you for raising your voice on climate change. Its effects can now be felt worldwide. I'm glad you are taking action on this. There are a lot of World Pulse sisters who are into climate action, climate justice, and the like. I hope you can connect with them, too.

Please continue to write and update us. Hope you have a great day!